If you have a pending legal matter that requires the services of a family law attorney, it is only logical to ask, “How much does a family lawyer cost?” We will attempt to answer that question for you, but please understand that initially we cannot always provide a precise dollar amount for our services.

It is also essential for would-be clients to know that the costs can and will vary from case to case, depending on contingencies such as the complexity of the case and the amount of time that it will take to arrive at a satisfactory settlement.

With these basic facts in mind, we want to point out that at Crosby & Crosby we operate on a retainer fee system for our legal services. What is a retainer, you may ask? Stated simply, a retainer is an initial amount of money that a client pays to the attorney who has agreed to represent them, and among other things, it is a way of establishing a bond of trust between client and attorney.

Through payment of the retainer, the client indicates they are serious about pursuing the legal matter in question, while ensuring the law firm will be paid for its services. For the attorney, acceptance of the retainer indicates that they will use the funds to pay their fees, as well as the legitimate expenses involved in pursuing the case at hand.

Another important thing to remember regarding a retainer is that it does not always cover all the costs involved in resolving a legal matter. Depending on the complexity of the case, the client may be asked to provide additional funds beyond the original amount of the retainer.

To make it possible for our clients to secure the services of our law firm, at Crosby & Crosby we are more than willing to establish a payment plan that will fit your budget while allowing us to pursue your case to a satisfactory conclusion.

Crosby & Crosby – Your Trusted Family Law Attorney in Rockford, Illinois

At your earliest convenience, we urge you to consult our practice areas and then contact our office to schedule your initial free consultation. At that time, we will discuss your situation and need for legal advice and reach an agreement on a mutually beneficial payment arrangement that allows us to put our years of experience to work for you

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How to choose the right divorce lawyer?

Choosing the right divorce lawyer, in our mind, comes down to three factors. First, is this lawyer going to be an aggressive advocate for me? Second, is this lawyer a person I can get along with personally? Third, do I trust this lawyer to communicate with me effectively? If you walk away from an initial consultation with a lawyer answering yes to those three questions, you have likely found the lawyer who is right for you.

Legal work can be extremely time consuming. Your expectations should not necessarily be that your lawyer is someone you can vent to about your personal life, as that would likely result in an unreasonably high bill. But you should expect your lawyer to keep you informed as to the status of your case. You should also expect your lawyer to listen to your wishes and concerns and use those thoughts as a basis for your case. You don’t need to talk to your lawyer everyday, but you should hear from them every other week or so.

Expect the unexpected when it comes to the Court dates. The Court system is based on a first-come-first-serve calendar, when the case is not filed as an emergency. All initial Court dates are determined by the Clerk of the Court, not of the lawyer or client. If you have a lawyer, expect the Judges to want your lawyer to do the talking, unless the Judge asks the client a question directly. You should also expect the Judge to keep the Courtroom as orderly as possible. Judges very much look down on people who speak out of turn. As for dress, the Court does not require a strict dress code, but it is always a good idea to dress professionally to show the Judge that you take the system and their Courtroom seriously.

There is a process in the law referred to as “discovery” that allows a party to a legal proceeding to discover information about the opposing party. In the context of a divorce, “discovery” is primarily used in the form of written questions and written requests for the opposing party to provide documents to the party that is doing the requesting. These are called “interrogatories” and “requests to produce.” During the process, the party answering the questions or requests must provide a written testimony, under oath, that the documents and answers are true and accurate. It is through this process of “discovery” that we are able to learn what assets a party possesses.

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